County department of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock, and Fisheries in partnership with Council of Governors (CoG) and Association of Women in Agriculture (AWAK), yesterday organized a training for Kilimo Biashsra Women Group on the benefits of the use of biochar drum kiln to manage farm waste at Wathorego, in Kisumu East ward.
The recycling of farm wastes through production of the biochar is an initiative being propagated across Counties to empower the women both agriculturally and economically.
Biochar, also means charcoal made from the farm wastes such as maize cobs, beans straws, rice husks, twigs, maize stalks among other farm wastes.
The residues from the charcoal is also intended to be taken back to the soil with the an aim improving the soil nutrients for agriculture.
During the production of the biochar, the blue flame produced from the drum kiln can be tapped to produce bio gas for cooking.
The Sub County Administrator of Kisumu East, Mr. Peter Abiero on this occasion, embraced the move and pledged support towards the integrated approach to development.
The CEO Council of Governors, Jacqueline Mogeni while giving her remarks noted that devolution works, though it has its challenges, but the people at the grass-roots are now being empowered to engage in income generating businesses that they can pass on to their children and the coming generations
The County Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Gilchrist Okuom, reiterated that wastes if used wisely can give a decent amount of return to the farm owners and can also help in reducing waste by proper utilization.
He thanked the partners for the innovation that will ensure farm wastes that are generated in very large amounts and in most cases left on the field, become a source of livelihood for the residents in the County.
Other facilitators present included Dries Roobroeck (AWAK), Judy Matu (AWAK), Jackline Migide, (CoG) and Robert Kiteme (CoG).
County department of Special Programmes, led by Madam Ruth Odinga, on Monday received a satellite application for disaster risk recovery systems worth Ksh. 500million that will Enhance co-ordination, command and control of disaster response at local, regional and national level.
The satellite system was donated to the department after the SatDRR company undertook a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) capacity development programme embedded in capability and knowledge to improve County officials’ capacity to effectively plan for and respond to disasters using satellite technology.
The system provides a secure, resilient, always-on infrastructure in disaster situations – providing critical tools for emergency communications and situation assessment.
Madam Ruth Odinga reiterated that the system will be useful for detection of early warnings, early actions and even better evacuation centers on higher grounds.
The County Assembly Speaker, Hon. Elisha Oraro on his part, lauded the initiative saying the system will be key in GIS planning, monitoring and communication. He added that the trained staff should be retained for consistency and conservation of the institution’s memory.
Speaking while receiving the satellite system at the Acacia premier Hotel, the Deputy Governor. Dr Mathew Owili, thanked the development partners for the good gesture and that the satellite system will enhance quick response to disaster when disasters struck the County.
Apart from Kisumu County, the project is also being implemented in Nairobi, Kilifi and Baringo Counties by a group of companies namely: Torchlight, Airbus, Global Radio data Communications, UK Space Agency, Avanti Communications and the Kenya Red Cross.
Also present during the event were MCAs: Hon. David Arao of Railways ward, Hon. Maurice Ngeta from Awasi /Onjiko ward, Mr. Brian Edwards from GRC, Mr. Charles Kamau from Avanti, County Head of GIS, Mr. Tom Ogolla among other top County Officials.
The county government has launched a five-day exercise to streamline its wage bill and weed out ghost workers from its payroll.
All employees are now required to present valid employment documents and academic certifications before their payments are processed. They must also appear in person to collect their dues.
With a human resource audit done in the past, the administration is banking on the developments to save finances and redirect resources to key departments.
According to Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili, the county government has set up frameworks to verify genuine workers and force out masqueraders in the workforce.
He stressed further that those who fail to collect their checks by Friday will be struck off the payroll.
By Collins Owuor
Kisumu County Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o in furtherance of his mission to promote education, mentor ship and empowerment, today commissioned 5 fully equipped ECD centers at Central and North Seme wards in Seme Sub county.
The 5 ECD centers included Odienya and Milungo in Central Seme ward, Pith Kabongo, Kamonye and Omuya primary in North Seme ward.
In his remarks, the Governor commended the efforts of ECD managers and teachers saying that the centers will go a long way to affect the children and the County at large.
Governor Nyong’o stated that the reason for the gatherings in the 2 wards is for the sake of the children who are the future leaders. He urged the community to count it as a great privilege to be part of building the nation, adding that the county government’s core vision is to make an impact in education to leave a legacy for the future.
The governor stated that the county government took up the responsibility of building, equipping and feeding programs for ECD to have a conducive environment for better learning and concentration so they can have a reason to remain in school.
Present at the commissioning and handover ceremony were County Ministers, Dr. Obiero Ogone of Education, ICT and Human Capacity Development and Prof. Juddy Attyang’ of Health and Sanitation, Area Members of the County Assembly, chief officers and other County officials.
By Matilda Atieno
The county government has made tremendous contributions to strengthen the education sector by integrating with private stakeholders to boost access and education standards.
Speaking when he joined Kisumu Junior Academy fraternity in their annual prize-giving day, Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili lauded the role played by the community in the education sector.
According to the Deputy Governor, learning institutions must enhance and promote creativity among students to aid their development. With a renewed interest in learning programs, the county government has disbursed already Kshs. 65 million to cater for bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Joining the Deputy Governor were county directors; Junior Omondi, Valerie Kizito, Collins Koremo, sub-county administrator Vincent Jagero among other guests.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o flanked by PS. for Housing and Urban Development Dr. Charles Hinga held successful deliberations with Abu Dhabi City Director-General to provide affordable housing in Kisumu.
The Governor and his entourage attended the 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The forum is the foremost international gathering for exchanging views and experiences on sustainable urbanization in all its ramifications. The inclusive nature of the Forum, combined with high-level participation, makes it a unique United Nations conference and premier international gathering on urban issues.
The team also held discussions with the Secretary-General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) Mr. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi on the sidelines of the WUF10 in preparations to 2021 Africities conference.
Present were Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o, County Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, Dickson Obungu, City Board Vice-Chair and City Manager Doris Ombara.
The department of Water, Environment and climate change in partnership with the Kenya Alliance of Resident Association (KARA) and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) today organised a public participation session with the public to review and provide input to the draft policy and Bill at the Catholic Center in Nyalenda, Kisumu.
The objective of the policy is to minimize waste generation and promote re-use, recovery and recycling of waste materials and sustainable waste disposal.
While giving his opening speech during the session, the County Executive Committee Member for the department Mr. Salmon Orimba called on the public to actively participate by giving their views towards developing
a good policy framework that will promote a sustainable, effective and integrated solid waste management system.
The session was quite interactive as the people were taken through the draft as they also used the platform to have their input incorporated.
Also in attendance were: the Chief Officer Water and Environment, Meryline Agwa, Marie – Anne Serue an expertise from France, Sieiwho Jack from KIWASCO among other top County Officials.
By Emily Mikwa
As the world celebrates World Cancer day, Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o and Mama County Dorothy Nyong’o toured Ober Kamoth sub-county hospital in Kisumu west on the second day of the ongoing Free Medical Camp which includes cancer education and free cancer screening.
The governor encouraged residents and beneficiaries of the program to show up for treatment and cancer screening. He also interacted with some of the patients and volunteer doctors as he went around the facility.
Area residents are streaming in large numbers waiting to be attended to. Lillian and her fellow students from Nyang’inja Secondary School said, “We should have more of these camps, at least two to three-yearly as it makes access to cancer screening easier.”
Another resident Rose Akinyi brought the daughter with fungal infections and was grateful as she was finally able to treat her, something she couldn’t do before due to financial constraints.
More residents are expected to show up in the next two days before the camp moves to Nyakach at Nyamarimba Hospital